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DEA Agent, U.S. Attorneys to Speak on Opioid and Heroin Abuse March 21-22

March 17, 2017

The University of Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program and Vandal Health Education are offering two programs next week discussing opioid and heroin use.

First, Vandal Health Education’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Program will show “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Bruce M. Pitman Center’s Borah Theater. The film is a documentary produced by the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration in response to the growing epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse across the nation. It is designed to educate young adults about the dangers of these drugs.

Following the movie, DEA Diversion Investigator Charles Wahl will give a brief presentation about drug use in Idaho, as well as answer questions. The film is also being sponsored by UI’s Criminology Club, Pre-Med Club, and Pre-Health Professions Advising.

On Wednesday, March 22, the WWAMI program and Gritman Medical Center will sponsor the Heroin and Opioid Awareness Seminar for the area medical and law community. Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and DEA will present information about the nationwide opioid crisis and the impact of opioid diversion in Idaho; health care providers’ role in addressing prescription drug diversion and over-prescription; the role of the federal government, especially the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in regulating, investigating and prosecuting serious and intentional diversion matters; and the federal government’s responsibility and priorities in investigating and prosecuting health care fraud; as well as other topics.

“We hope this seminar will provide our students and medical community with a better understanding on how the DEA prosecutes physicians for opioid misuse and diversion,” said Marlane Martonick, WWAMI program manager. “It’s a scary thought, a doctor can go from being a dedicated health care provider to being indicted as a criminal if they’re not careful.”

Presenters include Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Maloney and Chris Atwood and Wahl with the DEA. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Vandal Ballroom of the Pitman Center. Light appetizers will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Both the film and lecture are free and open to the public. The Wednesday seminar qualifies for continuing medical education credits for physicians.

Media Contacts

Marlane Martonick
Program Manager, WWAMI Medical Education Program

Brian Dulin
Vandal Health Education, Alcohol and Other Drugs Program

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